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I was sick of hearing C level execs using this word and thinking I knew what it meant, so I double checked its definition.
I then realised that I had not known what the word meant - "the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects."
I also then realised that the definition of the word 'synergy' breaks the first law of thermodynamics.
So people who use this word are either geniuses or uneducated in science and don't understand the basic principles of physics.
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
The laws of thermodynamics were stuffed up when they created the story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears.
Big Daddy bear's porridge was too hot.
Mummy bear's porridge was to cold.
OK I can accept that.
However the little bowl with Baby bear's porridge was just right.
I refused to tell my children that version of the story.
Refused to because of the laws of thermodynamics.
So my sentiments are with you completely.
However synergy is different.
It isn't about energy but about interactions and outcomes.
Sometimes quite complex interactions.
This is how i became interested in regression analysis.
Trying to think of an example....
Like how were one drug has this quantifiable effect and another has this quantifiable effect and the placebo has this quantifiable effect.
However if the two drugs are combined in a 4th group, and the effect is far greater than either of them alone, then that is synergy.
It is like an anti gestalt in a way, where normally the parts are greater than the whole, but in this case the whole is greater than the parts.
It is around us everywhere.
The laws of thermodynamics still stand.
Synergy is real and doesn't threaten any laws of physics at all.
However it is used as a buzzword and that is annoying as well.
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